Motorist injured in Wombourne bus crash

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A man was in hospital today after the car he was driving collided with a bus in a South Staffordshire village.

The smash closed off Billy Buns Lane in Wombourne for more than an hour while the man, in his 50s, was freed by firefighters and paramedics.

Neighbours say the smash appeared to happen after a car rolled down a drive and a Jaguar coming down the road swerved to avoid it.

Two passengers on the bus had to be checked over at the scene by paramedics. The incident happened at 2.10pm yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Chris Kowalik said: "Fire crews assisted ambulance crews in releasing the trapped driver, a man in his 50s, from his car.

"He was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

"His wife, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries and travelled to hospital with him.

"Two people on the bus were assessed and discharged at the scene."

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "You would not normally expect to have an accident on this bit of the road." Firefighters from Dudley and Wombourne attended the scene of the crash.

Dudley fire station crew commander Andy Clay said: "We cut off the roof and the doors and helped the ambulance service to remove him. The road was probably shut for around an hour and a half."

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